NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and calls are free from landlines and mobile phones: NHS111 staff will direct you to hospital if it is appropriate for your needs.
You can get early advice from your local pharmacist who is a highly trained healthcare expert on a wide range of long-term health conditions and common illnesses. Your pharmacist will tell you if you need further medical attention.
Your local family doctor can assess, treat and manage a whole range of health problems. If you have a minor illness or injury (such as infection, vomiting or stomach ache) that can’t wait until your GP surgery is open, then call your GP’s via out of hours service or dial 111.
111 also offer a Sign-language service which you can view here
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Message from the Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG):
East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST) has been awarded a caretaker contract to provide non-emergency patient transport in Bedfordshire, Luton and Hertfordshire. All patients who are eligible for patient transport, and have transport booked for their next out-patient appointment, should call EEAST’s contact centre on 01603-481208 to confirm their transport arrangements. Eligible patients should also use this number for making bookings.
We apologise for the inconvenience caused to patients but we are confident that EEAST will provide a good quality and safe service for all patients who need transportation.
The new standards for pharmacy professionals - now in effect
New standards for pharmacy professionals are now in effect. The nine standards describe how safe and effective care is delivered through person-centred professionalism, and replace the standards of conduct, ethics and performance.
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British Sign Language Information
Click here to view the NHS Accessible Information Standard
Welcome to Healthwatch Bedford Borough
We're your local Healthwatch. We're here to help make health and social care better for people in Bedford Borough by listening to what you want and by sharing your views with services to help make them better.
Got a few minutes to tell us what you think of local services? please click here to fill in a feedback form.
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Consumer guides to making complaints about health and social care
Healthwatch England has worked with Citizens Advice to produce a series of guides to help you make a complaint or raise a concern.
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What is Healthwatch (BSL)
'What is Healthwatch' Video in British Sign Language with subtitles.